Spending your Friday night in a laundromat isn't most people's idea of a good time. Understandably so, but let The Ironing Maidens convince you otherwise. You won't be doing any washing or drying from 8pm on August 31 — rather, you'll be catching an electronic music performance that's based around housework, complete with on-theme advertising samples, actual laundry sounds and lyrics that probe gender roles.
The Ironing Maidens have won awards, toured local and international festivals, and generally wowed crowds by using ironing boards as instruments — and now they're hitting up the Central Valley Laundromat on Wickham Street. It's part of the Valley Fiesta, and it's in line with their latest tour (which, as you might've guessed, only involves places where you'd normally wait for your clothes to finish their spin cycle).
As for their story, The Ironing Maidens main duo Patty Preece and Melania Jack have taken inspiration from British composer and electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram, the first woman to direct an electronic music studio back in the 1950s. Accordingly, you'll not only witness an inventive and unique live performance, but you'll be paying homage to a part of history you probably didn't know about.